Math & Logic Task #17: Cree's Animal Train by Kris Pascale
This math and logic task engages students in combining numbers to the sum of 1,000. Students need to use repeated addition or multiplication in this task. It was designed for 2nd-3rd grade but has been used with students in grades 1st-5th.
The students use the weights of animals native to North America within this task. This task aligns with Common Core Standards and is a mathematical task that incorporates logic.
The task's introduction is as follows:
Cree has a new business idea. He will take North American animals on a train across The United States. Each train car can hold as much as (BUT NOT MORE THAN) 1,000 pounds. The table below shows how many of each animal Cree has for the Animal Train. The table also shows how much each animal weighs. Can you figure out how to fill the seven cars of Cree’s Animal Train?